Major Improvements That Will Increase the Value of Your Home

When it comes to home improvements, it’s always a good idea to consider those that will increase your home’s value in addition to improving its appearance and functionality. Researching your options will get you headed in the right direction. If you’re ready to increase the value of your home, keep reading. Here are three large improvements that will have a positive impact overall.

Focus on the Hardest Working Areas First 

When you’re deciding on which improvement to make, think about areas of your home that are always working. This could be its garage, roof or windows. All serve major purposes. They keep you, your family and your possessions sheltered from the elements, comfortable and secure. 

Are you currently struggling with an older manual overhead door, or have your mechanical overhead doors seen better days? Investing in new ones is a surefire way to increase the value of your home while also improving it cosmetically and ensuring your garage (and possessions) remains secure. Just as with your home, adding personal touches to your garage will ensure a cohesive look across your property. Choosing the builders hardware Summerville SC that matches your home’s style will tie it all together.

A new roof is a big investment, but it’s also one that is guaranteed to increase the value of your home. In addition to this, it will ensure the safety and integrity of your home is preserved while improving efficiency as well. Depending on the type of roof, you can expect it to last anywhere from 15 to 50 years (or more!)

Your windows are also some of the heaviest lifters in your home and replacing them will go a long way in increasing its value. Keep an eye out for signs they need replacing, such as increased or persistent condensation. In addition to looking great, updated windows will mean lower energy bills due to better insulation. Who wouldn’t love that? 

4 Safety Tips To Remember Before Going Boating

Going boating with friends and family is a fun way to cool off during the summer. No matter how much fun boating can be it can easily turn dangerous without the proper safety measures performed beforehand. Here are four safety tips to remember before going boating. 

1. Have a Ladder

Splashing around in the lake is an exciting part of boating. You can jump onto innertubes or just swim around the boat, but when you are ready to get out, getting back into the boat can be difficult. It is important for the swimmer’s safety if you have a big boat with a platform to have an under mount swim platform ladder. This ladder is big enough to make sure all swimmers can get safely back into the boat when they need to. 

2. Be Prepared

A fun day out on the lake can turn into a scary stormy day on the lake. Weather changes fast and it is important to have all of the necessities you might need. Even if you have a sunny day all day, you can also run out of fuel or have another incident out on the water. It is better to be over-prepared. Always have extra food, warm clothes, flares, rope, fire extinguisher and more. 

3. Wear a Life Jacket

A life jacket can save your life. Even if you aren’t in the water it is important to be wearing one at all times just in case an accident happens that you aren’t prepared for. 

4. Understand the Rules

Boating has many rules that for safety reasons are important to follow. You need to understand the speeds you are allowed to go, how far away you need to stay from other boats and other boating signals. You can find a course online to teach you all you need to know. 

Boating is such a fun activity to do! Don’t let all the safety measures scare you from doing it. Be prepared and be aware and you can make great memories on the water with your friends and family!

4 Tips for Improving the Exterior of Your Home

The exterior of your home may need a few improvements, and your neighbors and visiting family members have probably mentioned this when they visit. Outdoor renovations can be performed at any time of the year, but if you live in a northern climate with long winters, the late fall may be your last chance to work outside until next spring. Maintaining and improving your property’s exterior can increase property values and keep your neighbors in your good graces. Landscaping, gardening, pressure washing and painting are some of the tasks you can complete to improve your yard and home.

Landscaping

The landscaping is the first thing visitors will see when they visit, and some neighborhood covenants require homeowners to maintain the lawn, shrubs and trees regularly. Trimming your bushes and trees keeps them from interfering with power lines, fencing and your neighbor’s landscaping. It also promotes spring budding and removes extraneous limbs to allow the plant to focus its energy on producing flowers and fruit. To conserve moisture and reduce weed growth, you can apply four inches of mulch around the shrubs and trees in your yard.

Gardening

Keep your garden looking healthy all year by removing dying plants and placing them in a compost bin. A four-inch layer of mulch or straw will inhibit weed growth, and summer crops can be replaced with cold-weather varieties or winter ground cover.

Pressure Washing

Mildew and debris buildup can darken your driveway, walking paths and patio. Pressure washing is an excellent method for cleaning concrete, stone, brick and metal. If you need professional assistance, you can use equipment cleaning Las Vegas NV.

Painting

Painting your home can make an enormous difference on your property’s appearance, and it prevents mildew growth and rotten wood from lowering your property values. If you have some experience with outdoor painting and feel confident working in higher elevations, you can save several thousand dollars if you paint the house yourself.

With a little assistance, you can improve the exterior of your property without spending a fortune.

How To Know When Your Roof Needs Replacing

Having a roof over your head is a huge blessing. For the most part, however, your roof is something you don’t even think about until you realize it’s not functioning properly. A leaky or dysfunctional roof can result in all kinds of mayhem in your home, so knowing the signs of roof damage can make a huge difference for a homeowner.

Check the State of the Attic

Getting up on the top of your house may not be the easiest way to find issues. The place to start might actually be your attic. Grab a headlamp and climb up into your attic while there is daylight outside. If you see stains, streaking, or any light sneaking in under the eaves, it might be a sign that your roof needs replacing.

Know the Roof Lifespan

If you bought a house recently, it’s really important to get information on the age of your roof installation Sacramento before you lose contact with the seller. Depending on the material and climate, your roof may last another ten years, or you may be nearing the end of its life. Try to get ahead of any damage that might be caused by a roof that has outlived its typical lifespan.

Perform a Post-Storm Checkup

If your area has experienced heavy rain or winds, it’s important to get up there to take a look at your roof after the weather has calmed. Patches of shingles that are not flat against the roof, or are cracked or damaged are usually a good sign that your roof needs to be repaired or replaced. Another tip from roofing experts is to check for shingle granules in the gutters or downspouts on the edges of the building. A buildup of granules could mean that your roof is nearing the end of its life.

Weather, time and poor workmanship alike may contribute to a less-than-useful roof. Know the signs of a failing roof to avoid further damage to your home.

Tips on Hiring a Locksmith

When you find yourself locked out or need a hasty change of locks on your doors, you probably aren’t thinking about taking the time to find the best local locksmith. However, the difference between an “okay” locksmith and a good one—to say nothing of the difference between a bad and a good locksmith—matters a lot when it comes to home security. Here are some pointers to keep in mind as you search “locksmith DC” online.

Do Your Research

Take the time to review your options among local businesses. Start by reading online reviews and asking around to see which locksmiths others recommend based on their experiences. However, make sure to look into any locksmith you consider hiring—verify whether or not they’re licensed, whether their work is ensured, and any identifying information on their business. Read and reread all of the paperwork you receive, as well. This includes invoices, contracts to sign and any licenses or certificates.

Know What You Need

Sometimes, the service you think, or are told, you need isn’t the best option. There may be cheaper, safer and less time-consuming alternatives. For instance, if you’re looking into new locks, consider if rekeying, which is usually less expensive, may work. Another example: you may be told that your locks need to be drilled and replaced when you just need them unlocked—it’s rare that a trained locksmith will lack the tools and skills needed to unlock a lock and be required to remove it entirely.

Save the Number!

If a local locksmith does a good job for you, keep their info on hand. You can skip the search the next time you need a locksmith’s help, because you now already know who to turn to. This is especially valuable in the event that you’re in an emergency situation and don’t have the time to hunt down local businesses to turn to.


4 Ways to Prepare Your Backyard For Spring

Late spring is the ideal time to prepare your backyard for the upcoming summer. Summer brings higher temperatures and longer days, and the seasonal changes have a profound effect on your backyard environment. Before you enjoy your backyard this summer, you should thoroughly clean the pool, pressure wash the patio, mulch the trees and bushes and add fertilizer to your plants.

1. Clean the Pool

Your backyard pool was not too active in the winter or early spring, but you’ll want it in perfect shape for summer. Before you add chemicals to the pool, scrub off the mildew, clean with a robot, and remove any debris with a net. Next, shock the pool with chemicals and initiate a weekly water testing routine. Your family and guests will stay safe if you contact water testing manheim pa.

2. Pressure Wash the Patio

Throughout the winter and early spring, your paved surfaces and concrete areas have experienced a lot of abuse. To get your patio areas ready for summer, use a pressure washer to clean off the mildew and grime. Before you begin cleaning, put on protective eyewear and sturdy boots or shoes.

3. Mulch the Trees and Bushes

Mulch helps retain moisture, inhibit weeds, and provide protection from the heat. Before the summer heat becomes intense, replace the mulch around your trees and bushes. Remove the old mulch and add an inch of loose, hardwood mulch to your plants.

4. Fertilize the Plants

After you add a new layer of mulch to your beds, you should use an organic fertilizer with low nitrogen to kick start your plants for summer. Sprinkle the fertilizer around your plants and water thoroughly.

Although the searing heat of summer has not hit most of you, the dog days of summer will return soon. If you prepare your backyard area before the next season, you will enjoy a pleasant experience during a long summer.

Let’s Take Part of Shopee Bayanihan

Shopee is my partner when it comes to buying online. I have my trust with them so I didn’t hesitate to take part on their Bayanihan in order to combat covid-19.  They come up with a true bayanihan spirit, Shopee partners with various charitable organizations like PGH Medical Foundation, Inc., PAGASA (People for Accountable Governance and Sustainable Action), Philippine Red Cross, Caritas Manila, Kaya Natin, Save the Childfren, yFACTph, Lung Center of the Philippines and World Vision.

This bayanihan aims to raise funds to support different communities most affected by COVID-19 pandemic. Among those in need are hospitals that faced with limited medical equipment, and low-income households who face difficulties in securing daily necessities.

Under Shopee Bayanihan, users can make a direct donation to these organizations via Shopee starting from March 26 onwards. All Filipinos can make a donation to their partner organizations of choice in amounts of P10, P50, P100, P500, and P1,000 via Shopee Bayanihan. All donations that would be accumulated will be given to chosen organization by Shopee Philippines Inc.

Here’s how:

1. Select the amount of Shopee Bayanihan donation voucher you wish to purchase.

2. You can increase the quantity of Shopee Bayanihan donation vouchers in your cart.

3. Complete purchase by paying through ShopeePay.

4. Receive confirmation of Shopee Bayanihan donation through a push notification.

According to Shopee 100% of proceeds will be donated to their partner organization. Here are their partner organizations and where the accumulated donations will go.

Lung Center of the Philippines – funds you helped raise will be used to provide medical supplies and other items to help in the fight against COVID-19.

Caritas Manila – funds you helped raise will be used to provide Caritas LIGTAS Covid-19 kits and Caritas Manna bags to help 6,000 less-fortunate communities and families in Metro Manila.

Kaya Natin Movement – funds you helped raise will be used to provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE sets) and food care packs to help our frontline health workers fighting Covid-19 in the Philippines.

People for Accountable Governance and Sustainable Action (PAGASA) – funds you helped raise will be used to provide food packs to help low-income families that need to stay at home to contain the virus, but have no other means of earning a living.

Philippine General Hospital (PGH). – funds you helped raise will be used to assist the various projects of PGH to help health workers and patients in the fight against Covid-19.

Philippine Red Cross – funds you helped raise will be used to provide supplies and Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to help complement the work of public health officials and expand local capacity to address all aspects of the outbreak as efficiently as possible.

Save the Children – funds you helped raise will be used to provide hygiene kit and educational materials to help 1,500 households in the following cities: Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, Pasay, and Parañaque.

World Vision Inc. – funds you helped raise will be used to provide sanitation kits, basic Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) disinfectant kits, tents that will serve as isolation units, and cash distribution that will serve as temporary income to help medical workers and caregivers, poor communities, and the most vulnerable families.

Young Filipino Advocates of Critical Thinking  (yFACT) –  funds you helped raise will be used to provide a relief kit, consisting of face masks and other essentials goods to help low-income communities, medical staff, journalists, volunteer workers, and quarantined individuals.

Lung Center of the Philippines – funds you helped raise will be used to provide medical supplies and other items to help in the fight against COVID-19.

Caritas Manila – funds you helped raise will be used to provide Caritas LIGTAS Covid-19 kits and Caritas Manna bags to help 6,000 less-fortunate communities and families in Metro Manila.

Kaya Natin Movement – funds you helped raise will be used to provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE sets) and food care packs to help our frontline health workers fighting Covid-19 in the Philippines.

People for Accountable Governance and Sustainable Action (PAGASA) – funds you helped raise will be used to provide food packs to help low-income families that need to stay at home to contain the virus, but have no other means of earning a living.

Philippine General Hospital (PGH). – funds you helped raise will be used to assist the various projects of PGH to help health workers and patients in the fight against Covid-19.

Philippine Red Cross – funds you helped raise will be used to provide supplies and Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to help complement the work of public health officials and expand local capacity to address all aspects of the outbreak as efficiently as possible.

Save the Children – funds you helped raise will be used to provide hygiene kit and educational materials to help 1,500 households in the following cities: Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, Pasay, and Parañaque.

World Vision Inc. – funds you helped raise will be used to provide sanitation kits, basic Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) disinfectant kits, tents that will serve as isolation units, and cash distribution that will serve as temporary income to help medical workers and caregivers, poor communities, and the most vulnerable families.

Young Filipino Advocates of Critical Thinking  (yFACT) –  funds you helped raise will be used to provide a relief kit, consisting of face masks and other essentials goods to help low-income communities, medical staff, journalists, volunteer workers, and quarantined individuals.

I chose all the organizations above and gave P20 each. I know this is little but I believe everything starts in small. Little actions can create a big change. So, I am encouraging you all to give and response to Shopee’s Bayanihan. This is for a good cause guys. Let us do our part to help. I’m pretty sure this will go a long way if we do this together.

By the way, I received nine (9) confirmation of my donation. It is a nice feeling knowing you help others even with small amount. This is the confirmation looks like..

By the way Shopee donates 2,800 KFN4 respiratory masks to support the health workers in the Philippine Lung Center in their battle against the virus. Shopee is the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan. It was launched in 7 markets in 2015 to connect consumers, sellers, and businesses in the region.

Reasons to Use Mediation Services

Whether you’re going through a stressful divorce, seeking child visitation rights, or facing a domestic violence dispute, you may want to hire a family lawyer who can protect your rights and advocate for you. Family issues can be mentally and emotionally draining. Spending time arguing with your spouse or partner can only add to the pressure and stress you’re experiencing. However, a family lawyer who offers mediation services pembroke pines fl can act as an unbiased third-party and help quell frustrations you’re having with the legal process. There are many benefits to receiving mediation services.

Reduce Divorce Costs

Litigation can be an expensive process. Lawyer fees, private investigation, expert testimony and court and filing fees can add up pretty fast, raising the price tag of divorce. As you’re likely already stressed over breaking up your family, you don’t need the added stress of financial problems. Divorce can be devastating, but it doesn’t have to be expensive too.

Mediation is a more cost-effective way to handle a divorce. Both parties can pay one mediator, sharing the costs, instead of paying lawyers and other court-related fees individually. Because there are fewer individual fees, mediation can be a more affordable option. 

Improve Communication

Mediation provides a neutral setting for two parties who may disagree with each other. Because options are more flexible, you and the other party can find unique solutions to the specific issues your family is facing. The mediator will be there to discuss options and encourage openness and cooperation throughout the process. This helps create an agreement that leaves both sides feeling satisfied.

Dealing with difficult litigation can be expensive and downright frustrating. However, with the help of a mediator, you and the other party can find common ground and agree on the issues that matter.

Tips for Finding the Perfect Gift

Is there someone in your life who is impossible to buy for? If you are struggling with gift buying, the first step is to find something the person you are buying for likes. Usually, that can be narrowed down to a few broad categories, such as food, animals, or games. Once you know which category to focus on, finding the perfect gift is much easier.

Food Fun

Whether it is coffee, wine, cookies, or just cooking/baking in general, food is always an excellent gift option. Food is versatile, and it is easy to figure out what someone likes just by watching or talking to them. For these people, food gift baskets make the perfect option. They can hold everything from a few cookies to whole meals, and the items available for inclusion range from drinks, such as coffee or wine, to foods such as chili or pizza. If the person you are buying for likes anything dealing with food, a food-based gift is the way to go. 

Pet People Perfection

If the person you are buying for is not big on food, animals might be his or her true passion. Americans spent over $70 billion on their pets in 2018. Specifically, over 75% of millennials own a dog and over 50% own a cat. This makes a pet-based gift perfect for most people. Buying something as simple as a dog picture frame or a gift basket of cat items might be great for a pet lover. 

Games Galore

In the event that the person you are buying for does not like food or animals, games might be the best option. While fewer people in today’s society may play board games, roughly 70% of Americans play video games. Gifts for gamers could be something as simple as a gift card to a local game store or a basket of throwback video games.

The easiest way to find the perfect gift is simply to ask that person what he or she likes. The answer is the gateway to finding the perfect gift.